Feral animals increasingly pose a threat to our native flora and fauna in New Zealand. The use of exclusion fencing is critical to convservation efforts.

Waratah has a range of products tailored for exclusion fencing. Whether it's to prevent animals burrowing under the fence, climbing over or going through the fence, the Waratah Team can help you find the right products for your exclusion fencing needs. Waratah has worked closely with conservation organisation in Australia, Aussie Ark / Devil Ark to deliver a fence that excludes feral animals and saves some of Australia's most threatened & endangered mammals from extinction.

© WWF-Aus/Paul Fahy

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Steel fencing systems

Benefits

  • Fabricated and netting fences with aprons are likely to afford the highest level of protection because the mesh itself is almost impenetrable (if correctly installed & maintained).
  • wire netting aprons prevent feral animals from pushing or digging beneath a fence.
  • floppy tops fences are the only fence designed to exclude cats & foxes.

Drawbacks

  • Cheap, poorly manufactured steel fencing products can be less durable.

Electric fencing systems

Benefits

  • Upfront material cost may be cheaper, but ongoing maintenance can be more expensive.
  • Conditioned avoidance of electric fences has been demonstrated for a variety of species.
  • to maximise the effectiveness of electric wires in exclusion fences the wires should form, or be used in conjunction with, a sufficiently challenging physical barrier.

Drawbacks

  • Often feral species can endure numerous shocks before developing avoidance behaviour. They also can often outsmart them by jumping or digging under the electrics.
  • Repairing electrical faults & shorts is a regular maintenance requirement.
  • Continual monitoring is required meaning this 'cheaper alternative' could become more costly then first planned.

Timber & steel fencing systems

Benefits

  • Treated pine posts can be cheaper than galvanised steel posts.
  • In corrosive environments timber posts can be a more durable option.

Drawbacks

  • Timber posts provide a convenient platform for animals, particularly cats, foxes and goats to jump to. They also provide a excellent climbing surface.
  • Timber posts grades vary considerably, potentially reducing the life of a fence and can therefore be less durable than galvanised steel posts.
  • Timber will burn in most bush or grass fire prone conditions.

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WARATAH STEEL FENCE DESIGNS

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PRODUCTS TO USE

Waratah provide specially designed exclusion products for your conservation project. Whether it's to prevent animals burrowing under the fence, jumping and climbing over or going through the fence, Waratah will have the right products for your exclusion fencing needs. 

Exclusion products

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CUSTOMER SOLUTIONS

Feral predator-proof fence built in Mallee Cliffs national park. Photograph: Wayne Lawler/AWC

Mallee Cliffs National Park

In partnership with the NSW Government, AWC has constructed a 37.2 kilometre feral predator-proof fence within Mallee Cliffs National Park, creating a 9,570 hectare exclosure of ecologically significant bushland which, once cleared of predators, will be home to at least 10 regionally extinct mammal species as part of an ambitious rewilding program. The program began in October 2019 with the release of the Greater Bilby into a 480 hectare, specially-designed breeding zone.

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Aussie Ark conservation project

Waratah has worked closely with conservation organisation Aussie Ark / Devil Ark to deliver a fence that excludes feral animals and saves some of Australia's most threatened & endangered mammals from extinction.

Watch Tim from Aussie Ark passionately describe the conservation benefits that have been achieved from well designed & built Australian made fencing. 

Read more

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Newhaven wildlife sanctuary

AWC’s ambitious project to restore central Australia’s lost biodiversity at Newhaven Wildlife Sanctuary has reached a new milestone – the eradication of all feral predators from the 9,400-hectare fenced area, making Newhaven home to the largest feral-free area on mainland Australia.

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